Camden Stables & Lock Market

Open seven days a week from 10am until 6pm, Camden Lock is an incredibly popular spot both for Londoners and visitors to the city. Buzzing and vibrant, packed with a colourful array of one-of-a-kind shops and stalls, this busy daily market makes a fantastic venue for a day out in London, whether you’re searching for yummy treats or vintage clothes.

Launched in 1972, the market has been a hub for counter-culture and creativity for over 40 years, attracting artists and creative creatures to its studios and spaces around the old timber yard, once used for unloading canal boats. Today artists and designers still sell their wares from many of the market’s studio spaces, while new vendors with alternative wares, from street food to fashion, have also joined the mix to create an eclectic and brilliantly fun market.

ABOUT THE MARKET

Variety and atmosphere are the two key draws of Camden Stables & Lock Market, making this buzzing destination a serious hit with visitors, including food blogger Marie Sheffield: "Camden Market is a vibrant, ever-evolving market. The atmosphere and smells of the street food stalls are a mecca for any foodie. With a diverse range of cuisines represented, there is a lot to choose from and you are bound to find something new to try. The stall holders are passionate about their wares which are all freshly prepared and the live music only adds to making this a great market to visit".

Don't forget to try Marie's favourite dish from the market, created by cult street food vendor Belly Bao – their pulled pork bao has to be tasted.

Eat with Steph blogger, Stephanie Chan, also loves Camden Lock's atmosphere: "Vibe, atmosphere and the variety of food - it's a quirky place". Her treat of choice, however, is The Mac Factory's Super Mario which combines "sauteed portabello mushrooms, truffle oil and oven roast garlic".

For Shobha George of the Just Go Places Blog, the entire area is perfect for a day out: "The markets are a treasure-trove of stores that sell a huge variety of things - from antiques to goth gear. In addition, you can go for a stroll along the Regent’s Canal just behind the food stalls. I've walked with my children all the way down to Islington past the revamped Kings Cross parts of the canal". Her favourite foodie treat? A Venezuelan arepa from Arepas & Co.

THINGS TO DO IN CAMDEN

Camden Stables & Lock Market may be a huge, sprawling array of stalls and sellers, but if you've had your fill of market action, there's plenty to entertain you in the local area. For starters, why not take a break and stroll along Regent's Canal behind the market for a tranquil saunter past its many boats?

For something more lively, Camden is rich in live music venues, with a slant towards the alternative and indie scenes. Grab tickets for a gig at the Camden Barfly for something rock'n'roll, try the Electric Ballroom for indie, pop, rock and metal gigs and club nights or drop into the Blues Kitchen for Cajun soul food served alongside seriously good live blues.

But it's not all rock'n'roll. You'll also find some great culture and theatre in Camden. The Roundhouse is a hotspot for more than just music - it also hosts regular festivals of spoken word, drama and dance. Check out their listings online to book tickets to something inspiring. For the artistically-inclined the nearby David Roberts Art Foundation is home to contemporary art from the UK and abroad, while those with a historical bent will enjoy learning a thing or three at the local Jewish Museum.

To enjoy the best of Camden's lively nightlife and fantastic markets, why not use our helpful listings to find hotels near Camden Town? Well connected, with easy transport links, Camden makes a great spot from which to enjoy your London stay.